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Yaya keen to play more

Ivory Coast and Barcelona's Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure wants more playing time with Spanish club Barcelona

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure is unhappy at his lack of playing time this season for Spanish and European champions Barcelona.

He has started just six of Barcelona's 15 league games so far this season.

"If you play in a team all the time it's important for you and it's nice to play in 100% of your team's games.

"I know I'm a strong person and I can play 30 or 25 games, but when I only play five or 10 games I'm not so happy about that," he told BBC Sport.

Toure, who will be at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, says that he is flattered by interest from the clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City.

"I'm very happy because they are big teams, I have a lot of respect for Arsenal," he said.

"The Manchester City project is very nice, they have signed some big players like [Emmanuel] Adebayor, [Carlos] Tevez and my brother [Kolo Toure], they have a lot of ambition.

"I'm quiet, I want to see what they do after because for me the most important thing is I want to play everyday.

"I need to play because I'm not old, I'm young - but the trainer has the decision and he puts who he wants [on the pitch]."

Toure, who is on the short list for the BBC African Footballer of the Year, also admitted he would love to play at the same club as his brother Kolo.

"It's my dream to play with my brother in the same team - but we don't know about tomorrow because for me only God can decide," he said.

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